The Decks Files : Green-White

Having so many decks means that it’s REALLY time consuming to keep decklists updated. Not every deck is on TappedOut.com, and many that are have changed significantly. That said, IF YOU WANT A DECKLIST: leave a comment or send me a message and I will find time to fix, or create, the decklists on TappedOut.

Here’s the Quick Rubric I’ll use for some of the questions.

How often do I want to Play it? How “Good” is it? How much do I like it?
5=  More than once in a Row  I’d play it against “Competitive decks” or if I actually want to try to win  One of my very favorites
4=  Often  It can hold its own  I really like it
3=  Sometimes  It might win under special circumstances  It’s okay
2=  Under certain circumstances  Just for Fun  Something’s not quite right
1=  Rarely / have to be in a certain mood  Winning would be a miracle I might actually take it apart… maybe

 

Asmira, Holy Avenger

Commander: Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice
Name:  Selesnya GUILDTrostani, Selesnya's Voice, Magic, Return to Ravnica
Style: Guild Wars
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 2
Deck Notes: This is another one that’s a pretty strong deck in Guild Wars.

 

 

Commander: Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice
Name:  Selesnya4LifeTrostani, Selesnya's Voice, Magic, Return to Ravnica
Style: Life Gain
Tribe?:
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  This deck makes good use of Trostani’s life-gain capabilities. Several cards came out of an earlier version of Vish-Kal.  It does play the Archangel of Thune/Spike Feeder combo.  I don’t think it plays Felidar Sovereign.

 

Commander: Jasmine Boreal
Name:  The Maiden FairJasmine Boreal, Magic, Timeshifted
Style: Tribal
Tribe?: Knights
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: Jasmine Boreal is my favorite OG Legend.  I wanted to build a deck around her, but, since she’s vanilla, it was hard to think of a theme, so I decided she was the Fair Maiden for a Knight-tribal deck.  This deck is the only one I play that really uses the Swords of Stuff and Value.

 

Commander:Krond the Dawnclad#
Name:  Krond the Dawn-Clad, Magic, Planechase 2012
Style: Voltron/Enchantress
Tribe?:
Want to play?
 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  
This deck started as a Uril the Miststalker deck that I had for awhile and decided to no longer use Uril as the commander for.  It’s the WG version of Bruna in a lot of ways.  This one doesn’t tend to blow people away with commander damage as quickly though.

Commander: Lady Caleria
Name:  ARROWED!!!Lady Caleria.2
Style: Tribal
Tribe?: Archers
Want to play? 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes:  Archers are a super rad tribe that catch a lot of flak. Lady Caleria, however, is super expensive and not that good. The deck also has a Banding sub-theme, because Banding is a super rad ability that catches a lot of flak.

 

Commander: Karametra, God of Harvests
Name:  Karametra, God of Harvests, Magic, Born of the Gods
Style: All Creature
Tribe?:
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 4
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: This deck takes a lot of advantage of Karametra’s ability and things that untap lands. Since it’s all creatures, I can’t play Amulet of Vigor, but Stone-Seeder Hierophants work like a boss. It also loves white self-bouncing dudes. The only thing I don’t like about it is the amount of tutoring for lands that happens (which is the point of the deck, but the process is annoying)

Commander: Selvala, Explorer Returned
Name:  Selvala’s Little Pony Girl Talk Teen TimesSelvala, Explorer Returned, Magic, Conspiracy
Style: Tribal Theme
Tribe?: Horse-based creatures
Want to play? 3
“Good?”: 1
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: I imagine that Selvala’s Parley ability is getting on the old school party line and calling people up to be friends. I imagine that Selvala is basically Tina Belcher. This has basically any “playable” Pegasus, Unicorn, Centaur, or Horse creature and then global creature buffs. It is a silly deck that has no right winning games, but it’s actually come close once or twice. It has a Happy Kitten sleeve.

Commander: Asmira, Holy Avenger
Name:  Asmira, Holy Avenger, Magic, Mirage
Style: Voltron? Counters?
Tribe?:
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: Asimira is one of the few Rebecca Guay illustrated legends, so I had to build her. This deck tries to get the old school Enduring Renewal combo going, or find other ways to make Asmira big or play with counters.

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The Decks Files, part 9: Blue – Red

Having so many decks means that it’s REALLY time consuming to keep decklists updated. Not every deck is on TappedOut.com, and many that are have changed significantly. That said, IF YOU WANT A DECKLIST: leave a comment or send me a message and I will find time to fix, or create, the decklists on TappedOut.

Here’s the Quick Rubric I’ll use for some of the questions.

How often do I want to Play it? How “Good” is it? How much do I like it?
5=  More than once in a Row  I’d play it against “Competitive decks” or if I actually want to try to win  One of my very favorites
4=  Often  It can hold its own  I really like it
3=  Sometimes  It might win under special circumstances  It’s okay
2=  Under certain circumstances  Just for Fun  Something’s not quite right
1=  Rarely / have to be in a certain mood  Winning would be a miracle I might actually take it apart… maybe

 

Commander: Niv-Mizzet, the FiremindNiv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Magic, Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari
Name: 
Style: Creatureless
Tribe?: Spells
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?:  3
Deck Notes:  Niv-Mizzet was the second or third deck I ever built. It was originally designed to generate a lot of Mana with Tolarian Academy and cast Emrakul (clearly that’s not an option any more).  Over time I decided to remove every other creature and make it my first “Creatureless” deck.  I’ve won games with this one, including one with an epic plagiarize in response to Balthor’s Graveborn Muse trigger.  I may allow Mizzix to take a turn as the general.

Commander: Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius — GUILDNiv-Mizzet, Dracogenius, Magic, Return to Ravnica
Name:  The Izzet Guild
Style: Guild Wars
Tribe?: Izzett Guild
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: Standard guild-wars style deck. Izzet is one of the more fun Guild Decks to play.

 

Commander: Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
Name:  Ping!Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius, Magic, Return to Ravnica
Style:  Theme
Tribe?: Tims
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: If it says “T: deal damage to target” it probably fits in here. Lots of fun damage-triggered toys.

Commander: Nin the Pain Artist
Name:  The SufferingNin, the Pain Artist, Magic, Commander
Style: Theme
Tribe?: (formerly Kobolds)
Want to play? 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  I’ve recently changed this deck to make it more of a “Pain and Suffering” Theme. It used to be kind of a Storm deck, but now it plays a lot more of the Black Vise et. al artifacts and makes use of Nin’s ability even more. I’ve whipped MANY kobold tokens into oblivion for value. This IS a game of “kick the ouphe”

Commander: Melek, Izzet Paragon
Name:  Not Your Normal Izzet DeckMelek, Izzet Paragon, Magic, Dragon's Maze
Style: Aggro
Tribe?:
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:Red-Blue typically means counter-burn. This deck is all about making a lot of creatures and pounding through. It uses spells to do that. Haze of Rage is a great card in this deck.  It’s a bit similar to the Mizzix deck (Mizzix Goblin Tribal) I’m going to build soon, but different enough.

Commander: Jhoira of the Ghitu
Name:  Time StormJhoira
Style: Suspend
Tribe?:
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: Jhoira is one of those generals that people have negative expectations in regards to.  I decided to build one after a good friend took his apart and sold me his cool altered copy of Jhoira.  I’d been bouncing around ideas for a P/T switching deck for a long time and some of those are in here. The other thing it tries to do is get a really high storm count… in slow motion that you can see coming a mile away (a storm on the horizon).  I just suspend as much stuff as possible and then use a variety of time counter manipulating tricks to try to make everything happen all at once. It’s totally not broken, but really entertaining.

 

In the Works….

Mizzix – Goblin Tribal with Zada Hedron Grinder. Not as much about Casting huge sorceries for cheap, more about reducing buyback costs on creature buffs

Yet To Be Printed U/R Artifact General (currently slotted as Keranos or Tibor and Lumia) –  Thopter Tribal.  Seriously Wizkids. Print a U/R Artificer.  F You!,  Puzzle-Box-Stapled-To-Sphinx.

 

My Five Cents On…. The Origins 5 Band.

MaRo Recently gave a line up for “What if the Origins 5 Started a Band”

He listed:

Chandra: Drums
Jace: Lead vocals
Gideon: Lead guitar
Liliana: Bass
Nissa: Keyboard

I’m going to disagree with at least 3 of those choices.

whole band 1

Chandra would indeed play drums. She’s crazy enough, and I could see her being the “Animal” of the group. chandra

 

Jace would definitely be the Lead Vocalist.  There’s no way Wizards would NOT have him be the “Face” of the band, or the one that everyone is going to think is in charge of things.  Also his powers line up: he doesn’t actually do anything, he just thinks he’s important.

jace

Gideon would NOT be the Lead Guitar player.  1. Lead guitarists do solos and they don’t actually Lead the band.  2. He ALWAYS has 4 Strings on him. He would be the bassist, being the rock holding the band together.

gidoen

Liliana would NOT be the bassist. She wants credit and attention WAY too much to be a supporting player.  I’ve seen other people argue that she’d be the Lead Singer for that reason, but think about it: has anyone EVER sold her soul to the devil for better singing skills? NO.  She is clearly the lead guitarist (and she shreds a guitar made from the skull of an actual demon).

lili2

Finally, Nissa would NOT play keyboard.  She wouldn’t play any electric/synthesized instruments.  She’d be the rhythm guitarist, adding harmony vocals, and giving the music shape. And she’d do it on an acoustic guitar that’s actually a Wood Elemental.

nissa1

 

 

And they’d totally play a show Live at the Thespians Stage (and all the Rakdos Guild in attendance would make Ravnica the next Altamount)

onstage